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"If it is not born of Experience, the mother of all Knowledge, all science is vain and full or errors" -- Leonardo Da Vinci.


At Ecole des Malletiers most of the artisan courses are practice-based, as experience development remains at the forefront. Many learning objectives are achieved by means of hands-on workshops that we offer at the beginner's, intermediate, and advanced levels. 


The physical environment also comes into play. Somewhat reminiscent of ancient times the school's main atelier is situated in an 18th century mansion that has a rich history. Around the world only few organisations active in the luggage, travel, hotel, fashion, luxury, or related sectors have their headquarters based in a village in the countryside. Ours is based in a hamlet at the heart of a forestry area in the Ardennes area of Belgium.


Historical heritage does matter too, and a lot. We value that requirement in an all-encompassing manner, and by integrating the present-day concept of sustainability. For example, in the restoration or the repurposing process of an antique travel trunk there is no need for 'loads' of energy, raw materials, or chemicals that otherwise deplete or pollute our planet or generate excessive waste and CO2.


In the malletier profession a -very- long time lapsed since the moment the last of the specialist training schools and companionship guilds disappeared in Europe. Fortunately that is no longer so. We owe it to the unique educational entrepreneurship skills of one master-malletier to have initiated, in the 21st century, the Ecole des Malletiers projects in Belgium and France. A form of renaissance, and anchored in the notion of Respect... > more



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